Thursday, May 7, 2015

The new Google+ Collections: Get creative!

On May 4th Google+ introduced Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic. Follow just the Collections you are interested in, and unfollow Collections you aren't. And you can create Collections to organize your posts for your followers and yourself.

To get started, simply sign into Google+ and click "Collections" in the left menu or the Google+ app's Home screen.

Collections: Basics

• Collections can be public or private

When you set up your Collection you can set the visibility to be Public, Your Circles, Only You or a Custom selection of people and Circles.

Note: if you use Google Apps for Work, your non-public collections can only be visible to people whose accounts are on the same domain.

• Posts in a Collection have the same visibility as the Collection

Share a post into a public collection, and the post will be public and visible on the Posts tab of your Google+ Profile. Share a post into a Collection limited to a specific Circle, and only members of that Circle will be able to see the post.

• You can set a Collection so that people who follow you do not automatically follow that Collection

This option is useful if you sometimes post on a topic (or in a language) that most of the people who follow you would not be interested in.

1. Create your Collection

2. Open the Collection and click the gear icon on the upper right

3. Select "Edit Collection"

4. Deselect the option: "People that have you in circles automatically follow this collection."

If you have a Collection set so that people who have you in their Circles don't automatically follow it, they won't see those posts in their Home Stream unless they choose to follow that Collection. The posts will still be visible on your Profile's Posts tab.

• Your public Collections will be visible on the Collections tab of your Profile

Follow or unfollow a Collection whether you have the person who created the Collection in your circles or not

Control what you see in your Google+ Home stream by following or unfollowing Collections created by anyone, even if they aren't in your Circles.

And if you do have someone in your Circles, you can unfollow their Collections you are not interested in. That's useful if you have someone in Circles for private sharing or communication purposes, but you aren't interested in what they post.

Enable notifications for individual Collections

If you turn on notifications, you'll be notified every time a new post is added to a Collection.

To enable notifications:

1. Open the Collection you are following

2. Click the gear icon on the upper right

3. Click "Notifications off" to turn notifications on

You can disable notifications the same way.

• (Almost) any sort of Google+ Post can be shared to a Collection, including YouTube comment posts and Blogger blog comment posts

You can select a Collection to post to when creating a new post:

Note: You cannot share to both a Collection AND a Circle. And you can only share to one Collection at a time.

If you want to quickly share an existing post into a Collection without writing any text, click small down arrow to the right of the share button to quick-share the post into a Collection.

• Old public posts can be moved into a Collection

You can build a collection from old public posts. Just view the Google+ Post, click the menu ( v ) icon in the upper right corner, and select "Move to collection".

• Collections can be shared

Share your Collection on Google+:

1. Open the Collection

2. Click the Share icon on the upper right

The link to the Collection can also be shared by email or on other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Collections: Limitations

• A post can only be in one Collection

To add a post to multiple Collections, the post must be re-shared so there are multiple copies of the post.

• Posts made in a Community cannot be moved into a Collection

However, you can share a public Community post into a Collection.

• If you delete a Collection, all the posts in that Collection are also deleted

Posts you want to keep need to be moved out of the Collection before its deleted.

• You can only create up to 50 Collections

• There isn't any way to rearrange the order of Collections on your Profile's Collections tab

I'm hoping that someday that will be possible.

• You cannot follow or unfollow Collections from your Stream

You must open the Collection or a Profile's Collections tab to follow a Collection.

Get creative! 10 types of Collections to get you started:

1. Caturday Posts (or any other topic that some people find annoying)

If some of the folks who have you in their Circles hate cats, they can unfollow that collection without removing you from their Circles.

2. Posts on a hobby or topic you are passionate about

People who have similar interests can follow your Collection without adding you to their circles.

3. Your YouTube comments or Blogger blog comments

If you set up the Collection so that it is not followed automatically, the people in your circles won't find your YouTube comments (or blog comments) in your stream. And it will help you later find your comments all in one place.
(most are channel comments)

4. Posts about a specific event or trip

A collection makes it easier to find all your posts on a particular topic in one place, even months or years later.

5. A Circle-limited Collection of photos, albums and stories

If you share photos with limited Circle of friends and family, create a Collection shared with just that Circle. They can then find all your photo sharing posts by opening that Collection on your profile.
Share a collection of photo and story posts with just your family or friends

6. A library of tutorials

If you post tutorials, tips or tricks, collect them all into one place, and share the entire Collection as a library of information or link to it on your own website.

7. A local guide

If you post photos, tips, or reviews about your home town - or any location - put those posts in a Collection for an easily-referred-to travel guide.

8. Private Bookmarks

You can use the quick share option to share any Google+ post into a Collection. If you create a private Bookmarking collection, you can then easily find all those posts all in one place.
My private bookmarking collection. No you can't see it!

9. Language-specific Collections

If you post in more than one language, you can separate your posts into different Collections based on language. Your followers can then decide which posts they want to see in their stream.

10. Highlight your favorite Community posts or Events

You can re-share public Community posts or Event posts into a Collection.

The possibilities are almost endless.

Follow my Collections: Peggy K's Collections

More information:

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Posted by Peggy K

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